Lawyer and Islam scholar Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion — whatever their differences — are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people. Listen for his discussion of these ideas “about which people disagree in the deepest possible sense” — and a prophetic look at political conflict in the weeks before the 2003 US war began. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:01.)
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